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Earning the Credit

Students will be notified via email once the internship application has been reviewed. If approved, the student will receive anoverride for SOC 396. It is the student's responsibility to register for this course before the regular LSA Drop/Add period.

Upon completion of the internship, students must submit the following materials via email to

  • A 9-12 page paper analyzing the internship experience using sociological concepts and ideas. This document should include: a) two to three pages of narrative about the goals and objectives of the internship and your role and duties during the internship; b) seven to ten pages analytically examining how and why the internship experience advanced your understanding of a sociological concept or theory (e.g. social reproduction, social network relations, discrimination) or field of research (e.g. LJSC, SHM, race and ethnic relations, family, formal organizations, social movements). This portion of the essay must cite five to seven scholarly sources.
    • A letter from the internship supervisor confirming your internship and briefly describing your role as an intern.This letter can arrive in hard copy, via email attachment, or as a direct email to

These materials are due on the last day of classes in the semester in which the student is registered. Students who
complete an internship experience in the Spring/Summer term but choose to register for the SOC 396 course in the
following Fall term are required to submit these materials no later than October 15.

SOC 396 is graded credit/no credit (CR/NC) and is subject to the regular independent study/experiential learning credit limits for the Sociology major, LJSC minor, and SHM minor. Students may repeat SOC 396 one time for a second credit hour provided that each internship is in a different setting